Inside the Middle East's biggest oil and gas conference, and assessing a damaged post-WeWork landscape
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As the US got caught up in President Donald Trump's impeachment proceedings last week, a different type of history was being made on the other side of the world. It occurred at the Abu Dhabi International Petroleum Exhibition & Conference (ADIPEC), where all the world's top oil and gas executives gathered to sign a blockbuster deal.
The agreement revolved around a new exchange that will enable futures trading on a highly valuable type of crude oil native to the United Arab Emirates, called Murban. The new contracts - expected to start trading in the second or third quarter of 2020 - will be hosted by International Exchange.
Chief executives from BP, Total, PetroChina, Shell, Vitol, Taiwan's PTT, Japan's JXTG, Korea's GS Caltex, and Inpex were on hand to sign up as partners in the deal. They envision the Murban becoming a new global benchmark, slotting in alongside WTI and Brent crude, with a specific focus on serving Asian markets.
Business Insider was on hand to witness the historic accord in person. Here's a first-hand account of the official announcement, the hubbub that accompanied it, as well as the global CEO summit that came after. The following day, another gathering of global executives took place, where top brass explained their backing of the deal. BI was in the room for that as well.
But ADIPEC wasn't all about the Murban exchange. There was also a major focus on innovation and the digitization of oil and gas technology. To that end, the conference had self-driving car pioneer Sebastian Thrun - the founder of Google's secretive lab called Google X - deliver a keynote address.
BI was able to sit down for a private conversation with Thrun beforehand. He shared his artificial intelligence-driven vision for the future of the oil and gas industry, and offered a glimpse into how his mind works.
To recap, here's BI's full coverage of ADIPEC:
- Inside a 'historic day' at the Middle East's biggest oil and gas conference, where all the world's top energy CEOs gathered to sign a deal that could permanently change the industry
- 4 of the world's top oil and gas executives explain why they're backing a landmark trading deal that could revolutionize the industry
- The godfather of the self-driving car shares his bold, AI-driven vision for the future of the oil and gas industry - and provides a peek into his disruptive mindset
Going beyond that, here's a rundown of our other main coverage from the last week. It includes a grim look at what WeWork's recent failures mean for similarly unprofitable unicorns, a strategy for beating your peers during a market meltdown, and tips for avoiding so-called "value traps" in the stock market.
WeWork is just the 'tip of the iceberg.' Here's why one market expert thinks Silicon Valley's business model 'is at the beginning of a massive unraveling.'
Vincent Deluard, the director of global macro strategy at INTL FCStone, says Silicon Valley's overriding business model is fundamentally unsustainable as it stands right now.
In an interview with Real Vision, he explained why he thinks WeWork's contagionlike effect will make it harder for companies to IPO.
A fund manager who's crushing nearly all of his peers breaks down his unique strategy for continuing to outperform during a market crash
Conventional wisdom suggests investors should hide out in "defensive" corners of the market during a downturn - like utilities and telecom stocks.
But Joshua Bennett, a portfolio manager of the Alger subsidary Weatherbie Capital, has an alternative approach. In an exclusive interview with Business Insider, he laid out his favorite strategy for outperforming peers during a market sell-off.
The top researcher at a firm managing $89 billion told us the 3 ways he analyzes whether a cheap stock is set for a surge, or if it's a trap
Value stocks have made a comeback in recent months after underperforming the broader market throughout much of the 10-year bull market.
Michael Mullaney, the director of global markets research for Boston Partners, shared with Business Insider his best strategies for identifying value plays - ones that don't fit the traditional mold of a "value trap."
Other good stories from the investing realm:
- Jim Rogers, the investing guru who earned a 4,200% return with George Soros, told us everyone should read 3 books that made a 'huge impression' on his career
- Larry Hite built a $100 million dollar empire with a simple stock trading strategy. Here's his best advice for today's trader.
- The historic '60-40' rule of investing is finished for at least 10 years thanks to low bond returns, according to JPMorgan's $1.9 trillion asset-management arm. Here's what to do instead.
- 'You don't have to be the smartest guy in the room': A self-made real-estate expert who's increased his net worth 100 times by flipping houses explains how he does it
- Bank of America pinpoints the market's biggest vulnerability over the next decade, and offers its top investing strategies to prepare for an 'imminent' global recession
- As unicorns like WeWork and Uber test the IPO market with disastrous results, America's biggest wealth manager for the ultrarich shares his best strategies for investing in unproven giants
- A personal finance expert details the path to 'guilt-free spending' - and breaks down the ideal financial mix that can lead to a 'rich life lived outside the spreadsheet'